Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WHO'S A BABY NOW?

About a week ago, my daughter Veronica was complaining about her toe hurting. I thought she stubbed her toe, or that it was rubbing against the shoe she was wearing. I didn't think much of it since things like that happen to kids all the time (well, at least to my kids).

Fast forward a few days and she's still complaining about it. I had no idea it was still bothering her since she was still playing and running around like she normally does. So, I look at it and notice that it looks bruised, like she either bumped into something, or something fell on her foot. She said none of that happened, but it was very tender to the touch. I barely caressed it and she was saying, "Ouch!" My husband ended up looking at it and said it looked like an ingrown toenail.

I jump on Google right away, and click on images to see if it looked like her toe, and sure enough it did. I called the advice nurse and she told me to soak her foot three times a day, 30 minutes at a time, blah, blah, blah. We didn't need to come in..blah, blah, blah.

After a couple of days, I'm thinking, "What is the point of this?" I called the advice nurse back saying it looked worst, and that I'm worried it might be infected.

They finally made an appointment for her to come in the next day.

So, here we are, in the pediatric waiting area, and my daughter was "observing" this other child..lol.
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And here is a picture of her toe. It doesn't look too bad in the picture though. It was darker around her toenail and puffy on the side. The doctor said it didn't look like an ingrown toenail, but that her toe was infected because she probably pulled the skin on the side of her toe. The technical term for that is called "Paronychia."

Definition: Paronychia is an infection alongside the fingernail or toenail. It usually occurs from an opening in the cuticle or an ingrown toenail which lets bacteria under the skin.

I was actually relieved it wasn't an ingrown toenail because it would have been more painful to treat.
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Turns out, she needed to go to minor surgery so they could get the infection out. All the puss inside was making her toe poofy. In short, they need to cut it open!! I was kinda stressing because I felt so bad for her!

Registered & ready to go!
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The doctor comes in and explains the procedure. She was very sweet, so I felt comfortable with her immediately.

They have to give her three shots in her toe to numb it, and explains that that is the most painful spot to get a shot. Now, just picture me sitting there with tears in my eyes! I couldn't stop! Then Veronica is looking at me totally worried. I know, I wasn't making it any easier! I told her I wasn't crying because I was scared, but that I felt bad that she had to do this. I also said that we had to do this or it would get worst. Anyway, she was fine. She totally understood.

The doc sprayed some numbing medicine on her toe before she gave her the shots (that's why her toe looks yellow), and you can see the little red dots on her toe where she got pricked afterward.

And I have to give my daughter major props because she DID NOT CRY AT ALL, she whimpered a little bit, AND she watched them do it!! I couldn't even watch them do that part! The doctor and nurse were so impressed because normally kids are screaming!
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They wait a few minutes to let the numbing medicine kick in. You can see how dark her toe is in this picture.
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So, the worst part was over! Now, all they have to do is cut it open and let the puss out. Okay..major props again to my daughter because she sat up the entire time watching them do this!! And I'm sure the doctor thought I was a psycho for taking pictures!
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All done! They literally had the blade underneath the skin, and blood & puss were oozing out! At one point, Veronica said nonchalantly, "That looks disgusting!"
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Soaking in iodine bath.
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And three hours later, we were all done. I was super proud of her!
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The reason the title of this post is "Who's A Baby Now," is because she is my youngest, and sometimes she will still whine and pout. Her siblings will say, "Stop acting like a baby." I admit, I still baby her alot because she is my last child, and she will always be my baby! LOL. But, ultimately, I know it was the Lord that was comforting her the whole time. We prayed together even before we got to the hospital, and right before her shots, I reassured her that Jesus was there and taking care of her.

Anyway, I told her that they should have seen her there because then they would not be calling her a baby. In fact, even though my boys are pretty rough, I know that they would be wailing and screaming if this had to be done to them. So, that is another reason I took pictures, so that they could see what she had to go through (oh, and for blogging purposes too)..hehee.

And all she wanted after all of this was a milkshake from McDonald's!!!!

39 comments:

Leslie said...

What a brave little girl! I just posted about my husband's surgery and your post about your daughter's toe was the first thing I saw since I finished. How brave they both were :) (my husband and your daughter :) ) Too sweet.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh my, she's one brave girl! Wow, I'm not sure if I could look while they're doing the procedure... much less take pictures! :)

RoseBelle said...

Kudos to you, Alicia, for daringly take pictures. I don't think I can look at the doc cutting up the toe. Your little girl is one hecka of a toughy! This is very informing to me since I have young kids. So the next time they complain about discomfort in their feet, I'd pay closer attention to it.

debi9kids said...

Oh wow. What a brave girlie!

ps I couldn't have even been in the room with her. i am AWFUL around blood and oozey stuff...

Xmas Dolly said...

OMG! How awful for such a thing to happen to your little girl. I sure hope you took her out afterwards for a great big chocalate sundae or something. Thanks for stopping by my blog too & leaving such a sweet comment. You give that little girl a hug for me too!

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

She is a tough little cookie! I was wondering what excuse you gave the docs so that you could take pictures, lol! Did your baby spill the beans and tell them it was for your blog!! My kids totally would have ratted out my true intentions, lol! I'm glad her foot is recovering - that was a major owie :)

Stacy said...

Yes, the toe is the worst spot to get shots. I had to have in-grown toenials removed from 2 toes and it hurt!

She was very brave! Hope it will feel better now.

Susie said...

Poor thing!! I hope her toe feel better soon!!

Stephanie said...

OMG!!!!! I was cringing looking at this post! If that had been one of my kids people would have had to hold them down SERIOUSLY I am not exaggerating!!!!

What an awesome little girl-proves the point that girls are STRONGER than boys :)

BTW she deserves milkshakes for a long time for that one!

Mommy, I'm Home said...

Ouch! Poor Veronica -- but good for her for being so brave. I'm with your other kids -- I would have been wailing!

Lorilynne said...

Wow! I'm impressed she didn't cry, I've had to get ingrown toenails taken care of and I couldn't even make it through the first shot without crying. Your daugther is one tough cookie!

McCrakensx4 said...

OH MY!! That is awful but I am glad that she was so brave...not so sure I could have been! And you took picutres you crazy mama!! Hope her toe heals and all is well!

jen@odbt said...

She is so brave. I know an almost 40 y.o. man would be crying if he had to go through something like that. Glad she's ok.

Kathy C. said...

Way to go Veronica!!! I would have probably passed out...NOT as the Mom, but as the patient, LOL...I'm a BIG baby, ugh. She's a brave little lady! :)

Go get her another milkshake! ;)

Parsley said...

What a BIG girl to be so brave! Who would have thought that she needed minor surgery! Well...live and learn. Hugs to her and YOU for making it through the trauma.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

She is one brave little girl! I had to have some stuff done to one my toes a few years ago, and there was no way I was watching! I'm glad it was a pretty easy fix and I hope it starts to feel better soon!

Ruth said...

She is so brave!!! I think she deserves another milk shake!!

Lauren said...

WOW!! She is super brave!!!! WOW - I am totally impressed!!!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Poor thing! She is definitely one brave girl! I hope it feels better now!

Nina said...

What a big girl!!! Wow, I don't think I would have handled all that. Isn't it amazing how kids can surprise us sometimes. Hope her toe is feeling much better.

Puanani503 said...

oh wow..she's a tough one! I hope she's feeling better..I've never seen an in-grown toe nail..but will now know what to do when I see one..

Traci Michele said...

What a big girl! Awwww. It's so nice to meet you! Found you over at Living By Faith!

I'm now following your blog!

Hugs,
Traci

Brenda said...

Good thing you took her in! Those things are painful, she was very brave!

Milkshakes have a way of making everything better. That and ice cream :)

Sawatzky family said...

So brave!!!
That made me cringe just looking at the pics I can not imagine how she sat through that and watched lol!!!

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

oh my! she was very brave indeed! It must have been so hard for you to watch her go through that but looks like you both handled it all quite well!!

Denise said...

Woo Hoo, she is a brave warrior. Bless her heart.

Jane Anne said...

Wow. It was hard to read this post and yet, I kept reading. She's so brave. I can't believe you took all of those pictures! You are a true blogger, my friend.

Happy said...

My hat goes off to her! That's one tough cookie you got there! So sorry she had to go through such an ordeal, but very glad she was a true champ about it! Hope the recovery goes well!

Marice said...

awww such a brave little girl. I could even feel the pain just by looking at it. hope it will soon!

Veronica Lee said...

Veronica is SO brave!! Bless her heart. Hope her toe gets better soon.

Happy Wednesday Alicia!

Anita Johnson said...

OUCH! I could barely read this, I am a "fainter". I was just with my son this weekend and we were retelling the story of his cut finger. When he told me what happened, I asked, "how bad is it?" He replied that he could see fat. That did me in. I told him to wrap it in a towel and not to let me see it if he wanted me to be able to drive him to the hospital. That's why I chose teaching over a nursing degree! Glad she is OK!

Lisa said...

wow how brave, I bet it relieved a lot of pressure getting out the infection. We medical people love patient's like her but we understand when it hurts and that definitely looked painful.

Muthering Heights said...

Ouch, that must have been so painful...for both of you!!

You must be so proud of her for being so brave!!

Adrienne said...

OUCH! what a lil trooper though...hope all is well soon I cried like a baby when buggy broke his leg and when he got chin stitches...

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh that does look so painful. Poor Baby. Glad she is ok and that they got it taken care of and that you didn't wait to long.
What kind of milkshake?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wow! What a brave girl! And you are amazing to think of taking pictures of everything :o)

Glad that her toe is better.
Blessings & Aloha!

Kepa and Muli Faleta said...

omg, she is one brave girl! id be crying too, lol...or just close my eyes the entire time just watching the needles, ooooooh...yes your lil one is brave, =0) love how you took photos! =0)

Mo said...

ewie! looks like that sucker would really hurt. and truth be told, a shake from milkdonalds makes EVERYTHING better :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I am SO impressed - I hate needles (that's still one of the things I'm most proud of - going through TWO ivfs to have my babies) and she was so brave!!!